Teenage striker Matěj Vydra has joined Serie A side Udinese from Baník Ostrava on a five-year deal, the ČTK news agency said on Monday, quoting his agent Ondřej Chovanec. Ostrava will get around four million euros (roughly five million US dollars) for the player, which makes him one of the most expensive Czech footballers ever, the agency said. The 18-year-old, who only made his first appearance in the Czech first division in January, scored four times in 14 matches for Ostrava. Vydra, who passed his medical examination at Udinese last week Thursday, expressed surprise over how quick the deal came together.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic’s athletes qualify for the super league of the European Team Championships, after coming first in the competition’s second tier in Budapest; Jimmy Connors tells Czech Radio that Tomáš Berdych can do “damage” at Wimbledon; and a 17-year-old who has made only one Czech league appearance is reported to be on his way to Chelsea in a EUR 6-million deal.
Teenage Czech striker Matěj Vydra has joined Serie A side Udinese from Baník Ostrava on a five-year deal, the CTK news agency said, quoting his agent Ondřej Chovanec. Ostrava will get around four million euros for Vydra, which makes him one of the most expensive Czech players ever, the agency said. The 18-year-old, who only made his first appearance in the Czech first division in January, scored four times in 14 matches for Ostrava.
Promising young Czech soccer player Matěj Vydra is about to sign with Udinese, the newspaper Sport reported. The 18-year-old striker joins the Italian Serie A club from Czech side Baník Ostrava, where he made a big impression in the second half of last season. Sport said Vydra would put pen to paper after a medical at Udinese on Thursday. The Italians are set to pay around EUR four million for the youngster, which is around seven times what Baník paid the Czech second-tier club Jihlava for him last January.
Football is, quite literally, the buzz these days, and no less so in Prague, where Czechs are following the 2010 World Cup wholeheartedly, despite their team’s absence from the pitches of South Africa. In the week since the tournament began, one Prague locale in particular stands out as “the” place to watch the games; not just for Praguers, but also for the tens of thousands of foreigners who inhabit the Czech capital. In a special feature for today, Christian Falvey reports from Prague’s epicentre of football fandom, Riegrovy sady.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech football league champions Sparta Prague strengthen with the signing of Daniel Zítka and Marek Matějovský, while also persuading wonderboy Václav Kadlec to extend his contract; up-and-coming Czech athlete Petr Frydrych (22) again comes second in the javelin at a Diamond League event; and Roman Kreuziger is second in the Tour de Switzerland.
In football, veteran midfielder Lukáš Jarolím is to return to Slavia Prague after three years with Italian league club Sienna. The 33-year-old announced his return to the club being managed by his father, Karel, on Thursday. A return to Slavia had first been mooted in February but the Italian club created obstacles to the move then. Lukáš Jarolím’s contract with the Tuscan club expires at the end of June.
The Czech Republic’s soccer players failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup, and, like Czech fans, will be watching the football extravaganza on television. But with their own team not there, who will Czechs be supporting in South Africa? Well, Slovakia has finished top of a poll asking just that question: that despite the facts the Slovaks perhaps don’t always cheer for their one-time fellow citizens.
With just days remaining until the World Cup kicks off in South Africa, football fever is beginning to grip fans around the globe. The Czech Republic failed to qualify this year, but many will have fond memories of the 1990 World Cup in Italy, when supporters from Czechoslovakia were finally able to travel freely to a major soccer tournament.
Former manager of top flight football club Slavia Prague, Karel Jarolím, is to return to the club as manager. Jarolím, left the post only two months ago after a run of poor results but still has an ongoing contract with the club. Jarolím said that he had weighed up the comeback for several days and decided that it would not be fair not to accept the challenge of leading the club back to the top of Czech football and into European competitions. Slavia have just completed their worst ever season, ending seventh in the league and for the first time in 19 years they will not taking part in any European competition. Jarolím led the club to two league titles in the previous two seasons.
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